What is the Salutogenic orientation?

Salutogenesis is a concept originally developed by Aaron Antonovsky (1979, 1987). In the broadest sense, salutogenesis refers to a scholarly orientation focusing attention on the study of the origins of health, instead of the origins of disease. In essence, salutogenesis is concerned with positive health, creating coherent living environments, strengthening socio-ecological health resources as well as strengthening the sense of coherence of individuals and groups. As all these aspects well align with the orientation of health promotion, salutogenesis has become a guiding theory for the field of health promotion (see Handbook of Salutogenesis).


Background and Organisation

The Global Working Group was established in 2007 at the IUHPE General Assembly, in Vancouver, Canada – to advance and promote the science of salutogenesis within health promotion.

The Global Working Group on Salutogenesis (GWG-SAL) is an international and interdisciplinary group with two levels of membership:

Core working group of the GWG-Sal: this group consist of up to 18 members representing different world regions and research areas of salutogenesis. Members are elected by the core working group of the GWG-Sal for a period of 5 years (repeated elections possible). It is responsible for implementing the action plan of the GWG-Sal.

Global Network of Salutogenesis: this group is open to all people devoted to the mission of the GWG-Sal. This group supports pursuing the mission of the GWG-Sal and is continuously informed by and engaged with the core working group